Plants that Bloom in Winter
Winter isn’t exactly the best time to plant flowers and shrubs. After all, the cold and the snowfall don’t offer the right conditions for growing your favorite plants – or at least those that don’t grow during the winter.
There is a handful of plants that can survive the cold winter months. If you want to give your landscaping an impressive makeover that could last even until spring, consider these great selections for a winter garden.
1. Japanese quince
Other than having medicinal properties, this thorny shrub is a great ornamental decoration that will complement your landscaping. The Japanese quince is also known to be an early bloomer, often flowering just before Spring even starts. Its flowers are of a fiery red color and it also produces fruits as large as apples, which is unusual to consider the size of the plant itself.
2. Winter aconites
If a plant has the word “winter” in its name, then you know it’s the right choice for your garden in December. Also known as eranthis hyemalis, winter aconites have bright yellow blooms that are perfect for rock gardens and footpaths. You can also plant these flowers under the shades of trees. From there, the blooms can shoot up from underneath the snow during the last dregs of winter.
Let your front lawn explode with color despite the heavy snowfall with pansies. These gorgeous blooms come in yellow, white, orange, blue, and purple. But as much as they serve as eye-candy to people who are visiting your home for the Holidays, pansies are also capable of surviving the coldest of winter climates. If you’re planning to surround your home with these flowers, make sure to use well-drained soil. For better survivability, you will have to plant these flowers before the temperature drops to zero.
4. Winter Jasmine
Yet another plant whose namesake makes it ideal for the cold months ahead, winter jasmine would be the center of attraction to any snow covered garden. The five-petaled, bright yellow flowers provide a warm contrast to the dominant greys and whites of the winter season. Although it doesn’t have the signature scent of other jasmine species, the winter jasmine can at least grow on any ground it’s planted on and withstand even the worst of cold spells. Still, you may want to use good compost to keep the plant healthy just in time for spring to begin.
5. Sweet William
Want a plant that best symbolizes the Christmas season? Sweet William flowers come in many shades of red with white accents that resemble the colors of candy canes and Santa’s holiday uniform. A distant relative of carnations, these plants would be the darling of your winter garden, granted there’s proper priming. Before the winter season even begins, make sure to cut dead flowers and water the plant throughout the summer. By fall, you should be able to use enough compost material to give the plant enough nourishment by the time winter arrives.
6. Cyclamen coum
Give your front lawn the pink treatment by planting flowers with beautiful petals resembling pinwheels. Cyclamen coum may not have the catchiest name in the list of the best winter plants, but at least it doesn’t fail to deliver, presentation-wise. Each plant can produce at least a dozen blooms as the temperature dips in the latter part of December. In addition to that, you can plant these flowers without the need for compost. They may not produce a large bunch of blooms in the first year, but they will eventually multiply as time passes, just as long as your plant them below the shade of deciduous trees.
Who says flowers are the only things that give your garden color? There are other plant varieties that don’t need blooms in order to stand out during the cold winter months. The best example would be a dogwood. Although the blooms come late between March and May, the stem of the plant retains its color even as the temperature grows even colder. The stems may come in greens, yellows, or reds, depending on the variety of dogwood you planted.
8. Winter-flowering cherry
The name speaks for itself. We have to admit, though, that the tree itself looks pretty. The blooms are pink and tiny, almost resembling Japanese cherry blossoms. If you want to plant a winter-flowering cherry tree in your backyard, expect to work hard in maintaining it. For one, you will have to plant it at least 15ft away from your home. Once you plant the sapling, make sure to provide it with a generous helping of compost and tie it to a stake for the first few months after planting. During the summer, make sure the plant is properly hydrated. Come winter time, the blooms will start emerging and convert your backyard into a set for a Korean drama.
Add more color to your garden by planting violas. These fragrant flowers are known to survive the merciless winter cold and give blooms that range from white, purple, lavender, and yellow, just like pansies. Moreover, violas can survive freezing temperatures (again, like pansies). They make for an attractive flower bed that can catch the attention of any guest. When growing your very own bed of violas, you may as well start seeding at least four weeks before transplanting. Make sure to use moist soil and maintain the flowers by snipping the stems and nipping off blooms from their base.
Want a plant that could last from winter until spring? You may as well plant daphnes around your home. These sweet-smelling flowers are iconic for their star-shaped petals and faint pinkish color. But the best part about daphnes is that they can withstand frosts. However, they are also very delicate, so be extra careful when transplanting. Also, make sure you trim the plant into shape. The plant also has red berries that are inedible, which is part of its defense mechanism. You may want to remove these fruits to prevent children from eating them.
11. Crocus flowers
Lavender is a great color to contrast the colors of the climate. With lavender crocus flowers, you can have a bunch of ornamental plants that sprout beautiful cup-shaped blooms from the snow. Just like daphnes, however, crocuses are also very delicate. Handling them would be a chore as you will need sand to mix with the gravel for the bedding. You also need 5-10-5 fertilizer to give the plant the nourishment it needs. It takes a lot of hard work to take care of crocuses, but it will all be worth it as the snow begins to thaw and reveal lavender blooms that will give life to your garden.
Also known as Christmas rose, this bloom is known to survive harsh winter conditions, even withstanding freezing temperatures that only a few plants can tolerate. You can find it just about anywhere that’s chilly. If you want to grow your own hellebore bed, you should allow for at least a two-month chilling period. The plant also requires enough organic matter to serve as fertilizer. Also, take care not to plant too deeply if you’re aiming to produce more flowers. Lastly, make sure to keep plant hydrated throughout spring and fall since these are the right seasons for flower production.
You can find these anywhere. But what’s special about daffodils is that they can be used to treat wounds. Aside from that, the flowers are also used to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. At the end of winter, on the other hand, they make for a grand welcome of the spring season, that is if you plant the flowers properly. That being said, you may want to start planting the buds during fall. When selecting a place to plant the buds, you may want to pick a spot where they can get enough sunlight. Prime up the soil before planting by draining the ground. With these steps, you can start seeing a beautiful array of yellow blooms as the snow melts.
14. Holly bushes
The Yuletide Season isn’t complete without its most iconic symbols. Going beyond Santa and gift-giving, we can also look towards holly bushes as important pieces. While they can grow at any time of the year, they are best used as festive decorations come Christmas time. And they are easy to grow and maintain! All you need is to plant them in acidic soil. Depending on the variety of holly bush you’re planting, you may want to pick the appropriate time for transplanting. Once you have planted your holly bushes, it’s only a matter of pruning the leaves and keeping the plants hydrated with just a minimal amount of water every week.
These cute bulbs grow mostly in places where winters are dead cold. One thing’s for sure, these flowers won’t live long enough under temperate climates and for this reason, you can normally find snowdrops in places with subarctic conditions. If you want to see these flowers bloom in your winter garden, the best time to plant them would be spring. You can buy seeds from online stores, but you can find the best varieties in the local nursery.
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